The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh recently appointed Kevin Bolding as Downtown District YMCA Vice President. Bolding is responsible for overseeing Downtown’s public YMCA as well as the U.S. Steel Tower, Highmark headquarters, and Children’s Hospital corporate centers.

NEW LEADERSHIP—Kevin Bolding currently serves several Downtown YMCA locations.

“Kevin’s wealth of leadership experience will help the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh become an even more valuable resource for the Downtown community,” said Eric Mann, president of the Greater Pittsburgh YMCA. “Everyone at the YMCA especially looks forward to working with him on the opening of the new Downtown Y.”

Bolding’s first major challenge will be managing the grand opening of the new Downtown YMCA in Market Square, in the spring of 2010. The new 44,000-square foot location will include a 25-meter pool, men’s and women’s locker rooms, wellness facilities with cardio-vascular and strength equipment and exercise rooms as well as a full staff of wellness professionals and variety of wellness classes and services.

“We’ve got to get people into our new facility,” Bolding said. “We have to give them a chance to see what’s there.”

Bolding has worked with the YMCA for almost 15 years, beginning in 1996 as a district vice president in Detroit. He later served as a district vice president in Miami for three years.

“I’ve always enjoyed working in Downtown environments. I enjoy the pace. I enjoy the sophistication,” Bolding said. “In general we see all types of different audiences Downtown.  There’s a lot of people around here and they have a lot of different needs.”

Bolding said serving the needs of a Downtown community is unique because you have to serve people from a variety of different socioeconomic classes. YMCA is able to serve low-income families through their annual Campaign for Strong Communities, which raises more than $1 million, as well as an income-based rate scale.

“We want to make sure whether someone has only a couple of cents to rub together or some other challenging issues they can come to the YMCA,” Bolding said. “Our place is to create a center of community and in doing that we have to serve all audiences.”

Bolding said he would like to expand YMCA’s outreach to other high schools Downtown. Currently the branch is only working with City High Charter School.

“We have a relationship with City High where we have students come over here and we provide their physical education,” Bolding said. “For us it goes to our mission that we’re providing services for all.”

Bolding is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He currently lives Downtown and has plans to relocate to the North Hills area in the spring.

“On the personal side, Pittsburgh is a good place to raise a family,” Bolding said. “As much as I definitely adore the Miami weather, Miami isn’t really the kind of place you want to put your stakes down.”

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